2014 Archives

SMU lecture to examine Eastern Front of World War I

September 26, 2014

DALLAS (SMU) – The 2014 Stanton Sharp Lecture at SMU will examine Germany's WWI occupation of the Eastern Front with historian Vejas Liulevicius' presentation, "Eastern Europe and German Occupation in the First World War" at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8 at SMU's Hughes Trigg Student Center Ballroom.

Eastern Front of WWIThis year marks the centennial of the Aug. 4, 1914 beginning of the Great War. The lecture is free and open to the public.

While the trench warfare of the Western Front is familiar through movies and books, the war fought across the wide open spaces of the Eastern Front is lesser known, stretching 1,000 miles across Eastern Europe, twice the length of the Western Front. Liulevicius will discuss the ethnic landscape where the Russian, Austria-Hungarian and German empires converged, the utopian expectations of military authorities, and the experiences of occupiers and the occupied.

Liulevicius is the Lindsay Young Professor of History and director of the Center for the Study of War and Society at the University of Tennessee. He is the author of War Land on the Eastern Front: Culture, National Identity, and German Occupation in World War I (Cambridge, 2000), and The German Myth of the East, 1800 to the Present (Oxford, 2009).

The 2014 Stanton Sharp Lectures are supported by a gift from Ruth Sharp Altshuler honoring her son, Stanton Sharp, and are sponsored by SMU’s Clements Department of History. 

For more information visit www.smu.edu/history or call 214-768-2967. Parking is available at Moody Parking Center and Binkley Parking Center.